When we left my dock in Everglades City today the weather was cool with a light wind so we decided to head to the grass flats and fish for Spotted Seatrout, often targeted by Everglades fishing guides during cooler weather. With the water in the mid 60’s our bait of choice was a 1/4 ounce jig with a Riptide root beer colored body, tipped with a small piece of shrimp. On our first drift we scored with several nice Seatrout up to 5lbs, and as the morning went on we caught several more, including some pompano mixed in. As the day progressed I decided to fish some oyster bars I knew should be holding Reds feeding on the rising tide. No disappointment, we found several decent Redfish and Mangrove Snapper that were willing to take a jig.
Back at the dock I cleaned and bagged the catch, and pointed my fishing charter customers towards a local restaurant were they had the fresh fish prepared for a great dinner.